Depression is a serious mood problem. It's normal for children to be moody or sad sometimes. But children who are depressed may be sad all the time. Sometimes they may seem grumpy or bored, or they may complain of stomach aches and headaches. They may feel hopeless, worthless, or guilty. They may have trouble concentrating, thinking, or making decisions. They may think a lot about death or suicide.
Counselling and education for the child and the family are usually the first steps in treating depression.
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & David A. Axelson MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & David A. Brent MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry